This research project concerns the (re-)production of the European border regime. It examines the complex forms of mobility control exercised on the external borders of the European Union, specifically, at Greece’s borders. Discourses of security and order, human trafficking, and terrorism, as well notions of crisis are appealed to in order to justify increasing securitization and militarization in the region. This involves, among other measures, increased surveillance, the recruitment of warships and helicopters, the construction of detention centers, and the multiplication of technologies of digital registration and biometric data collection.

This project has two main aims. First, I intend to examine how the practice of border management, with its technologies of security and biopolitics, manifests itself in the space of refugee camps. What actors are involved at these sites, and what politics are at play in shaping the dynamics within them? How is the governance of the camp population organized and represented? Second, I will investigate the lived reality of camp life and analyse experiences of encountering the border among those crossing it. In particular, I will explore how people on the move, while entering this regime of emergency governance, humanitarian initiatives, labelling, and categorizing, respond to and negotiate the disciplining and objectifying logic of the border regime. By describing the multiple practices, relationships and situations originating in camp settings, and by placing the focus on how the camp spaces are acted upon and enacted as sites of engagement, resistance, and performance, I aim to analyze the processual and turbulent character of the border, and examine the constitutive power of migration.